Tool: Similar triangles  ratio of areas  Math Open Reference: 


Go to:  http://www.mathopenref.com/similartrianglesareas.html (opens a new window)  
Description:  An interactive applet and associated web page that demonstrate that in similar triangles, the ratio of their areas is the square of the ratio of the sides. As you drag one triangle to resize it, it remains similar to another and the ratios of sides and areas is calculated as you drag. One can be seen to be the square of the other at all times. A slight "snapto" effect allows easy selection of integer ratios (2:4 etc). Applet can be enlarged to full screen size for use with a classroom projector. After use in the classroom, student can access it again from any web browser at home or in the library with no login required. This resource is a component of the Math Open Reference interactive geometry reference book project at http://www.mathopenref.com. 

Technology Type:  Java Applet  
Author:  John Page  
Language:  English  
Cost:  Does not require payment for use  
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Courses:  Geometry  Similarity, Perimeter, area, and volume  
